Front can’t thwart race

Wanneroo Times - - Wafl - John Bird

WIN­TER rac­ing started with an an­tic­i­pated fore­cast of strong winds as­so­ci­ated with a cold front, so 20 hardy crews from Hillarys Yacht Club were pleased to start be­fore the big blow on Sun­day morn­ing.

In win­ter the yachts com­mence on a stag­gered start based on hand­i­cap, with the bulk of the fleet timed to fin­ish to­gether.

Although the first four yachts in di­vi­sion 1 fin­ished within two min­utes of each other, Perle (John Bird) led the group, with

Sala­man­der (Bruce Brad­ford) sec­ond and Lithium (Wayne Pitcher) third and fastest.

In di­vi­sion 2, an­other front marker was suc­cess­ful, with Panache (Ge­off and Rita James) win­ning from Helga (Mark Taylor) and Far­rouk (Lee Bur­rows and Rod Her­na­man).

Covert Op­er­a­tion (Bart Brouwer and Gra­ham Atkin­son) was fastest.

Chris Black­ney made a suc­cess­ful re­turn to rac­ing in di­vi­sion 3 with a first and fastest on Vaya Con

Dios, with Sheer Magic (Tony Way­mouth) sec­ond.

Lar­raine Brindle, hav­ing ac­quired Anas­ta­sia in Al­bany to race at HYC, was third.

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